The Michigan State Spartans have had a pretty tough time finding experienced corners for the upcoming season. Their only returning starter at the position will be out indefinitely and it’s not because of a football injury.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Mark Dantonio reported that junior cornerback Darian Hicks has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and he will miss at least the first three games. Dantonio talked about Hicks’s condition following the team’s first training camp practice.
“You know, it could be three weeks, four weeks, five weeks,” Dantonio said of Hicks after the first practice of MSU’s preseason camp. “The main focus has got to be what’s best for him and his health. … Just (Thursday), he ran the (conditioning) test and made the test and then the next day, yesterday morning he came down sick. Just got to deal with it.”
The sixth-ranked Spartans lost their number one corner from last season after Trae Waynes was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. Hicks was replaced late in 2014 by senior receiver Tony Lippett.
Senior Arjen Colquhoun and junior Demetrious Cox are listed as starting corners behind Hicks with junior Jermaine Edmondson providing from depth chart help. With the Spartans opening the season on the road at Western Michigan, there’s a chance that redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland and four true freshmen Josh Butler, David Dowell, Kaleel Gaines and Tyson Smith could see significant playing time in hopes that the Spartans finding their permanent defensive backfield.
The Spartans play on the road against Western Michigan on September 4.
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